Sometimes even a megayacht isn't big enough. So to solve the problem of not enough space, wealthy sailors are investing in so-called support yachts to ferry around their personal helicopters, speedboats, sports cars and all the other assorted toys that go into a season in the Mediterranean's hottest marinas.
Yacht-maker Amels has launched a new version of its support yacht -- the 220-foot-long Sea Axe, according to CNBC. The company is not publicizing the price, but says it has sold two so far and has interest from buyers for additional orders.
Many of the largest yachts can't get close to shore, making tenders a necessary convenience for ferrying owners and guests back and forth. And of course, owners want to have all their toys at the ready -- jet skis, helicopters, speedboats and such. Rather than take away space on a yacht that can be put toward swimming pools, hot tubs and spacious cabins, owners can take advantage of the support yacht, Amels marketing chief Victor Caminada told CNBC.
In addition to its usefulness, the Sea Axe can travel up to 25 knots per hour and looks nice in the marina. "It's like a pimped-out pickup truck," Caminada said. "It's not like an ugly duck trailing along. It looks good."
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